From 1 April 2013 when a property needs major repair works you may be entitled to a discount. Please see major repairs discount.
Up until 31 March 2013 when a property is vacant (i.e. unoccupied and unfurnished) and
- needs major repair works to make it habitable, or
- is undergoing major repair works to make it habitable or
- needs structural alterations
then it may be exempt for up to twelve months.
This exemption can only be applied if the property is vacant and there can only be one twelve month period of exemption.
In order to be able to grant this exemption we will need to visit the site, by appointment, to assess the situation, preferably before the work is started.
There are many reasons why a property might need major repair work. It could be a result of decay with age, neglect, fire, flooding or subsidence. We might ask you for proof of the work required to make it habitable e.g. a building surveyor's report or a builder's formal estimate.
When a property is, or will be, undergoing structural alterations we will need to know what alterations are planned, preferably before work is started. If we cannot see the site before work begins, we might ask to see a building surveyor's report or photos or video footage of the property before alteration to confirm the situation.
If you believe your property might be exempt, please email us. Alternatively, you can contact the council tax team on 01732 876388.